BEC monthly newsletter 5/2014

Brno awaits a day of ideas worth spreading
Don't miss out on a high-demand conference of ideas worth spreading TEDxBrno. Expats registered with BEC have booking privileges!

Win tickets to the culinary event of the year at Špilberk castle
Popular outdoor Špilberk Food Festival is coming up. Win free-entry tickets for this unusual dining experience!
Double your chances to win the tickets to the Food fest in the "Expat's Voice" survey bellow...

What Expats Say: I miss feeling the African life
"In 1980s, Czechoslovaks asked me how we could watch TV in the rain because they thought we lived on the top of trees," recalls Samuel Darkwah from Ghana in our What Expats Say interview.

Brno city waste collection fee 2014
Brno residents pay the waste collection fee by the end of May. Including foreigners. See how to proceed and FAQs on our website.
Invitation to our events
BEC Tour: Brno Museum Night
May 17, meeting point BEC, 6pm - 21pm
At the Brno Expat Centre we have decided to join the Brno Museum Night 2014 and coordinate a group of our members in and out several museums and galleries.
Food Corner
Butcher's restaurant review: the best steak in Brno with a few buts
Fast-forward nine months and I’m driving in Královo Pole. I notice a sign. BUTCHER’S!
I couldn’t stop, but I googled them at the next stop light (don’t tell the po-pos). Sure enough, they opened up a few months before. Their menu looked great. I posted on Facebook and a few friends raved about them. I booked a table for lunch as soon as I could
...continue reading.
...and don't forget to support Mike at the Burger Battle: CZ vs. USA on May 17 at My Food Market! See the invitation in our tips for events. ;)
Expat's voice
Are there enough options for foreigners to socialize in Brno? Please help us decide upon the form of the future social meetings of BEC. If you fill in our survey (takes only 5 minutes), you can win tickets to the food festival.
We thank our partners:

Offers from our Partners and Referral programme members:
CTP Promotes Green & Healthy Lifestyle in Annual Bike to Work Event
CTP is proud to sponsor 'dopracenakole' as part of the company's ongoing support of healthy lifestyles. As a national partner of the Bike to Work event organized by Auto*Mat, we would like to encourage all our clients and tenants to take part and switch your regular means of transport to bike! During the whole of May, individuals as well as teams are encouraged to to travel to work on bike. Find out more at
Other tips and events in Brno
Brno Labor Office is moving to the new building
During the whole month of May the Brno Labor Office will be moving most of its agenda from several branches to the new administrative building on Polní 1011/37. Work permits, unemployment benefits, parental allowance etc. all moved to the new building.
An application for buying a ticket for publict transportation
From April 23 you can pay tickets for public transportation through the application Poseidon. The Android application allows you to purchase single tickets via smart phone. After purchase you will receive a code that can be easily checked in all public vehicles. In the Czech Republic this is a pilot project.

Petr Váša and English improvisation Zak & Sara
May 9, Buranteatr, Kounicova 22, 8 pm
During the evening will be a unique performace in English made by two great improvisers from Switzerland. Before them will be Petr Váša with his physical poetry-onomatopoeic movement improvisation (in Czech).

La Cenerentola (Cinderella), Gioacchino Rossini
May 10, Scala cinema, Moravské náměstí 3, 6:45 pm
Live broadcasting in HC from the Metropolitian Opera in New York. In Italian with Czech and English subtitles. Entrance fee: 350 CZK

Neighborhood Festival "Týden města 2014" (Week City 2014)
May 12 - May 18, Brno
Brno Week City wants to arouse interest in people about their city and what is happening around them. Brno Street change into shared spaces for sharing, meeting and entertainment and you will be able to experience the unexpected and something new.

Future Shorts Brno
May 14, club Fléda, Štefánikova 24, 8 pm
Spring Season brings you an exciting line-up of seven short films from UK, Australia, Sweden, Yemen & Ireland.

English dance workshop and Regency Ball
May 17, Sýpka, Kytnerova 1, from 10 am - 7:30 pm
A chance to spend a day among friendly people, learning easy English dances, stepping into the shoes of Jane Austen and her heroines and heroes: "Seaside Society" dance workshop will culminate with a ball in period costumes, if you wish. Come and be charmed!

Burger Battle: CZ vs. USA
May 17, My Food Market, Zvonařka 5, 11:30 am - 7 pm
Our food blogger Mike will compete with his original burgers against profiessional chefs. Go, taste and give a vote for the winner!
Brno Church night
May 23, various churches around Brno
Churches host concerts, workshops and, of course, services. The only opportunity in the whole year to climb up the tower of St. James and other churches. This event does not happen only in Brno but also in Blansko, Břeclav, ...
Gregory Porter at JazzFestBrno
May 25, Bobycentrum, Sportovní 2a, 7:30 pm
Gregory Porter discovered the music of Nat King Cole through his mother. At the age of five he wrote a song called „Once Upon A Time, I Had A Dreamboat“ and recorded it onto a tape. When his mother returned home from work and heard it, she exclaimed in amazement „Boy, you sound like Nat King Cole.“ From that moment on, Gregory had a desire to know more about this man and his music, and spent hours playing his mother’s old Cole records on his plastic Playskool record player.

All events are also advertised in our BEC Google Calendar.

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